Stay and Explore
8 days from £1,549 per person
Do as much or as little as you like on this laid-back holiday to Giardini Naxos, one of Sicily’s best beach resorts. Over the course of a week, we’ll meander through Taormina’s winding lanes, discover Syracuse’s baroque beauty and spend a morning at Radicepura Garden Festival, Sicily’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show. We’ll also allow plenty of time to slow down and enjoy ‘la dolce far niente’ - the sweetness of doing nothing.
Your holiday includes:
3 excursions and visits
- Guided tour of Taormina
- Guided visit and drinks tasting at Radicepura Garden Festival
- Full-day excursion to Ortigia (including guided tour and boat trip)
- 7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with easyJet from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 14 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
- Tea/coffee after evening meals
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Catania - Giardini Naxos
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Sicily. On arrival, we transfer to Giardini Naxos, a lovely coastal resort in Sicily’s north-east corner.
Hellenia Yachting Hotel, Giardini Naxos (4-star)
After a leisurely start, we’ll head off to Taormina. This pretty town perches on the clifftops just above Giardini Naxos - have a look down from one of the viewpoints and you might even spot our hotel. A local guide will take us on a walking tour of the town, introducing us to the highlights (and a few hidden gems as well). It’s a great way to get your bearings and work out what you might like to come back and see more of during the rest of the week.
You’ve got the day to yourself. Take it easy at the hotel, or spend some time exploring Giardini Naxos. If you fancy heading back up to Taormina, the bus stop is a five-minute walk from the hotel. Go for lunch at a trattoria hidden in the backstreets or maybe treat yourself to a fruity granita (Sicilian-style sorbet), traditionally enjoyed with a flaky brioche pastry. The buzzing Corso Umberto I is Taormina’s main street, running between the town’s two gates, Porta Messina and Porta Catania. It’s lined with designer boutiques and gift shops displaying handmade lace, colourful artworks and Sicilian delicacies. After you’ve had a wander, relax in Piazza IX Aprile, with its checkerboard floor, baroque church and Etna views; or in the pretty Villa Comunale gardens. For a flavour of Sicily’s Greek history (and more fantastic views), the Teatro Antico di Taormina is well worth a visit.
Radicepura Garden Festival - Acireale
The botanical gardens at Radicepura play host to a biennial festival that celebrates garden design and landscape architecture. We’ll spend the morning enjoying a guided tour around some of the beautifully created gardens. Admire all sorts of Mediterranean plants and flowers, breathe in the scent of herbs and fruit trees, and look out for the quirky artworks dotted throughout. While we’re here, we’ll pause for a drinks tasting experience. We’ll sip local wines and liqueurs, and sample a classic Sicilian cocktail that’s been given a modern twist. After free time in nearby Acireale, a baroque town set on a hillside, we’ll head back to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Enjoy another free day today, or join us for an optional trip to Mount Etna. As well as stepping on the crunchy cooled lava of this mighty volcano, you’ll also have the chance to taste a selection of volcanic wines.
Today, we’ll journey down the coast towards Syracuse. We’ll make our way to Ortigia, the old part of the city and one of Sicily’s loveliest spots. Set on an island that juts out into the Ionian Sea, it was first settled by the Greeks some 2,700 years ago. A local guide will lead us through the maze of narrow streets, lined with countless cafés, restaurants and - of course - gelaterias. We’ll emerge onto Piazza del Duomo, edged by beautiful baroque palazzi all carved from creamy local limestone. As the name suggests, the square’s centrepiece is its Duomo - our guide will show us its treasures. After some free time, we’ll enjoy a harbour boat trip to allow us to admire Ortigia from the water. Our route back to Giardini Naxos takes us via the seaside town of Aci Castello, where you’ll have time for a wander and perhaps an espresso at one of the cafés.
Your final full day in Sicily is at leisure. Relax by the pool or on the beach, or go for a stroll along the seafront. Alternatively, catch the bus up to Taormina to pick up a few last-minute souvenirs and gifts - maybe a bottle of Etna wine or a colourfully painted ceramic plate.
Day 8 Giardini Naxos - UK
Today we depart for the airport and your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.